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More hard hitting gaming news and commentary from @macktion and Lam @niceguygaming! This week the boys tackle whether they need game protagonists to be relatable in order to enjoy the story. They also discuss whether or not the quality of Japanese games have gotten back to “where they used to be”, based on a viewer question.

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So much good content was released this week! Lam aka @niceguygaming and @macktion talk about if too much content coming out at once can overshadow the smaller stuff. Oh and of course we talk about the Nintendo Switch being released. @macktion talks about a new kickstarter that he just invested in, and @niceguygaming explains why you shouldn’t hide stolen money in the ceiling during our #dummyoftheweek segment!

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After a couple weeks off the boys are back at it! @Macktion and Lam @NiceGuyGaming talk about why you should spray paint a stolen car and other nuggets of wisdom to make yur commute, boring math class, etc more interesting (you’re welcome). The boys also discuss PewDiePie’s recent controversy, Fallout VR, and other gaming news!

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Can console life cycles by extending by upgrades? @niceguygaming (Lam) and @macktion discuss whether or not the PS4 pro and Project Scorpio (new XB1) will extend our current console life cycle? Mack also shares a story about his motorcycle restoration and the guys share lot of laughs!!

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ctz44khvmaalxv2-png-large In this special episode of 2NIAP @niceguygaming (Lam) and @macktion talk about the recent Nintendo press conference where the Switch was revealed. The guys give their thoughts on things that Nintendo did right and wrong, and discuss everything from Nintendo’s new online service to the price of accessories. Also, Lam shares some stories about bad customer service he has gotten recently. This is the best episode yet!

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I keep New Years resolutions about as often as I went to class my freshman year of college. For that reason I don’t even bother setting them. I’d rather set goals throughout the year, and course correct as needed. If you know me you know that I moved to Chicago (suburbs) about a year ago so that I could do more comedy, and for other other reasons (see: pizza, and a job promotion). If you know *that* about me you also probably know that I suck at social media.

I just don’t like to put myself out there for some reason, especially on Facebook. As a comedian I spend my nights on stage saying “look at me! See what I can do?!” In the past I haven’t seen any reason to do the same thing online. Let’s be honest, people who do that are ANNOYING. I get that your kid is cute, your lunch was delicious, and several of your “friends” have a Go Fund Me page that you wanna share, but maybe some selective posting would help your cause.

Soooooo a goal that I started at the end of 2016 (so once again it is NOT a New Years resolution) is to be more active on social media. Does this mean that I’ll tweet pics of myself from the toilet and get disturbingly personal on Facebook? Nope (although I do tweet @niceguygaming). It just means that I’ll post content that I create, or find entertaining, and the occasional show that I’ll be in.

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Speaking of being selective, I recently cut back on the number of side projects that I have. For a while I was trying to balance stand up comedy with live streaming video games on Twitch.tv every night! Both areas suffered in quality, plus gaming felt like a job. Imagine that you really like to ski. So someone tells you that you can ski LIVE ON THE INTERNET for strangers, some of whom will become regular viewers/friends. But you’ll also have to deal with people critiquing your skiing ability, and the occasional trolls (which don’t phase me, minor annoyance). You’ll make some money, but you’ll have to spend several hours a night on this so that your viewers/fans/friends get consistency and keep coming back. After a while skiing would seem like a chore rather than a hobby. So I cut back on twitch almost completely, despite having nearly 6,000 followers. Someday when I have more time I’ll get back into it.

I still scratch my video game itch by playing them, and doing a gaming podcast called 2 Nerds In A Pod! with a friend of mine from Utah. If you’re into that kind of thing you can check us out on iTunes here.

So if you’re a fan/friend/random person that stumbled upon this blog post AND made it this far you can SELECTIVELY go check out my other social medias (is that a term?) for great, selective content.

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In this episode of 2NIAP the boys discuss the current condition of the gaming industry. Also, @NiceGuyGaming shares a funny news article about embezzlement for our #DummyOfTheWeek. @Macktion reviews our past “Kick it or Kickstart its” it see which ones have been funded, and our course tons of laughs!

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Wasssssup Westies!

I’m addressing this post to you guys since I assume at least a few of you will read it. Also I assume you can read since you’re in college. Let me know if I’ve made too many assumptions….

Anyway! Last week I went to NACA West in Portland Oregon (aka Rip City!). NACA is…well….a party, lets be honest. It’s disguised as “serious business” but its an awesome event where college students get to watch a lot of entertainers (like yours truly) do their thing in hopes of getting some college gigs. This was my first NACA experience, and I learned a ton! First off, NACA doesn’t start at 9AM on the first day! If you show up at 9am and ask the even coordinators where everybody is (like I did) you’ll look like a fool. This actually makes sense, what college student do you know that takes 9am classes??? The student who registered for classes late and got stuck with 9am classes because everything else was full, that’s who.

Sooooo after making a fool of myself to start things off, I managed to have an AWESOME weekend. College students are HILARIOUS! I’ve only been out of college for two years, and I don’t remember college being a CONSTANT dance party. When music would play: students would dance. Someone won a bucket of Voodoo donuts: students would dance. An announcement came over the intercom that a cell phone had been lost; students started dancing. It was like a Justin Timberlake video 24/7! Good times.

One of the cooler parts of the weekend was that since I grew up in Seattle I got to spend some time with my family AND since my wife has a sister in Portland we didn’t have to pay for a hotel! #IAMCHEAP. Even cooler than that were all the awesome artists showcasing. I’m a comedian, but I’m also a comedy NERD to the nth power! I love watching comedy only slightly less than I love writing and performing my own comedy. Second City Chicago performed! This is the group that has produced many of the best improvisers/comedy minds in the game! Also there was a lot of awesome/eccentric/mind blowing music on stage at various times. One group that I remember in particular was called Fly Panda. They’re a rap-rock duo that has a dude in a panda suit dance on stage while they perform. I couldn’t make that up if I tried.

Of course I spent a lot of time networking, handing out business cards and other promo to college students/agencies/fellow performers, and oh yeah eating. I ate a lot. I at at Red Robin, twice. Even though the first night I ordered some donuts and they tasted like they had been fried in the same oil as their onion rings. If you haven’t ever tried onion flavored donuts, you aren’t missing anything.

In short, NACA was excellent! If you’re a NACA West attendee and you’re reading this I hope I got to meet you! If you’re considering bringing to your school STOP considering and start doing! I’d love to make you laugh (and your school’s students too, of course).

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I have a great day job that I love, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t take my comedy career extremely seriously.

I hear a lot of comedians say things like “If you have a Plan B (other than comedy) then you aren’t taking your comedy seriously enough.” That’s ridiculous! Of course I would love to write jokes all day, perform every night, and be heckled more regularly, but I have financial obligations that prevent me from doing that at this point in my career. I have a family that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t feel right about telling them that; “we’re gonna live in poverty for several years so that I can pursue my dream. I hope guys like Ramen! I know you’ve all been well behaved, but Santa felt you weren’t quite good enough this year!” Yeah, that’s not my style.

Not long ago I had a conversation with a guy I know who does improv, and is very good at it. We were talking about how being a starving artist isn’t really possible when you have a family; there is a certain standard of living that needs to be maintained. This isn’t an excuse, I still work hard when it comes to stand-up. It isn’t lost on me that I’m basically in competition with people who may not have the same responsibilities that I have. In fact I’ve even talked with veteran comics and watched their facial expression change when I mention that I have a family, as if to say; “Good luck kid! May the odds be ever in your favor!” (Pardon me, I watched the Hunger Games earlier this week!)

Also, there’s a part of me that really likes the idea of putting on a shirt and tie everyday. Even if I ever reach the point where I making tons of money doing comedy I’d probably still start side businesses, not only to multiply my money, but because being an entrepreneur is something that I enjoy . Having a day job is occasionally frowned upon in the entertainment industry, but I like to think that I have the best of both worlds. I have an amazing family, and I’m able to support them financially while still pursuing my dream. I have no problem with entertainers who want to establish themselves before “settling down”, but my path has been different. I’ll see you at the top!